This morning I was informed that a girl I lived with for three months was on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. I did not know her very well. She was more of an acquaintance than a friend. In fact, I rarely saw her. She spent most of her time studying in her room and worrying about her future employment prospects. Still, the news shocked me to my very core. This was a woman I had chatted to, a woman in her 20s who worked extremely hard in order to create a better life for herself and make her family proud. She had hopes and dreams that she wanted to achieve. And in the blink of an eye, it was all cut short.
This evening I received an email from a former colleague of mine. The email was in response to the above picture that I had posted to my personal Facebook page. I was touched as his kindness and wisdom. His words were affirmation that I was taking the right steps towards a happier life. It inspired me, and I am sharing his email in hopes that it will inspire someone else. (I have changed his nickname for me to ‘Char’ in case he wishes to remain anonymous.)
Char, I hope you have as much excitement and adventures as I had over the last 20 years. I didn’t bow to family or friends when they advised me to settle down. I talk with people my age and find very few I can relate to as I tell stories about my adventures, good and bad. They can’t relate as they have taken the path that is mapped by society; Never taken a chance, never taken a risk.
Yes, you will have bad experiences but then you will have amazing experiences as well. All I will say, Char, is every night I go to bed and the memories of all the fun and stupid stuff I have done flood back and make me smile. Don’t allow family or a relationship stop you travelling. You get one chance at being young. The rest you can do in 10 years and appreciate them more as you will be ready for them.
Good luck and I look forward to following your journey 🙂
I know what I want to do. I know what will make my soul happy. Now I just need to formulate a plan before I tell you all for definite where I shall be in September!! You know what they say… YOLO!!
Remember, your life is like a coin. You can only spend it once, and once you do, you can never get it back.